Bengaluru, July 13: With Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy sought a trust vote in the floor of the Assembly, state BJP president BS Yeddyurappa on Saturday said that their party is ready to face the no-confidence motion. On the other hand, five more rebel MLAs rushed to the Supreme Court seeking the top court’s intervention in the resignation row.
Speaking to the media, Yeddyurappa said, as news agency ANI quotes, "We have no objection to the No Confidence Motion. We will wait until Monday. We are ready to face the No Confidence Motion on Monday." However, Kumaraswamy claimed that he would resign if the alliance does not have the required numbers in the state assembly. Karnataka Political Crisis: Congress, JDS Get More Time as Supreme Court Orders Status Quo on Rebel MLAs' Resignations Till July 16
Earlier in the day, five more rebel MLAs from the ruling dispensation filed a joint petition in the apex court stating that though they submit their resignations, Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar is not accepting it. The rebel MLAs include - Anand Singh, Dr K Sudhakar, N Nagaraj, Munirathna and Roshan Baig.
It is to be known that a bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi ordered the Speaker to maintain status quo on resignations of the rebel MLAs. The court observed, "Neither the issue of resignation nor disqualification will be decided. This is being done to enable the court to decide on the larger issue." The apex court had fixed the hearing date for this matter on Wednesday.
According to reports, Congress troubleshooter DK Shivakumar on Saturday met MTB Nagaraj in order to pacify him and others. Also, Kumaraswamy met Congress leader Siddaramaiah's residence in Bengaluru on Saturday. On the other side, Yeddyurappa met with party leaders in a separate resort on the city's outskirts.
Meanwhile, the rebel legislators are staying at a five-star hotel in Mumbai to prevent Congress-JDS leaders from coercing them back into the fold. On the other side, Congress and JDS have moved the rest of their lawmakers to separate resorts in the state to discourage further defections. Karnataka Crisis: Political Turmoil Deepens As JDS-Congress Coalition Close to Losing Majority, BJP Seeks Governor's Intervention
Considering the strength of the state Assembly, Karnataka has a total of 224 members. The Congress and the JDS together have 118 members along with one BSP and one Independent member. The magic number is 113, excluding the Speaker who casts his vote only in the event of a tie. If the 15 resignations are accepted, it will bring the coalition's numbers down to 103 and the majority mark in the assembly from 113 to 106. While, BJP has currently 105 legislators.